The Answer I Was Looking For

I’ve felt a little discouraged lately.  You know what I’m talking about, right?  It’s nothing earth-shattering, but when reality fails to meet expectations, discouragement isn’t far behind.  My wife suggested I take a look in the Bible at the 11th Chapter of Hebrews.  I’m not sure how many times I’ve read this chapter, but as […]

Gratitude

I’m coming to understand that the key to living a life that is a joy instead of a drudgery is the element of gratitude.  I believe that as a species, humankind is, by nature and by practice, an ungrateful lot.  Dostoevsky, writing about humanity in his Notes from the Underground, says “If he is not stupid, he […]

A Letter From God

Yesterday was one of the worst days I can remember.  Seemingly out of the blue, anxiety ripped through my chest like a steel vice.  It felt like an elephant was sitting on me.  I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t concentrate, and I couldn’t think.  Somehow I made it through staff meeting, then went home and shut […]

  Remembering My Friend Sahara It was the last day of my medical career.  I was leaving to become a full time pastor.  A couple of years earlier, I became the founding pastor of a church, and working at an urgent care clinic supplemented my pastoral income.  It was late in the day when I […]